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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Micajah Lodge, home of Mary Anne and Paul Stevens near St. Francisville, is on the Friends of the West Feliciana Parish Library Christmas in the Country Tour of Homes. The home was built by Mary Anne Stevens' uncle in 1940.

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  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- The mantel at the home of Mary Anne and Paul Stevens contains the inscription 'This Is The House That Jack Built' and was hand carved by Mary Anne Stevens' father. The mantel is decorated for Christmas with native greenery.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- The original log cabin construction can still be seen in the kitchen of the home of Mary Anne and Paul Stevens.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Large windows in the living room of the home of Mary Anne and Paul Stevens near St. Francisville add light and give a view of the home's rural setting. The Stevenses replaced the home's small windows with large ones when they renovated the home in 2006.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Paul Stevens' collection of 19th-century dioramas of sailing ships is on display in the great room of his home.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- What once was a porch is now the dining room of the home of Mary Anne and Paul Stevens. The rustic table is centered with a traditional Christmas arrangement.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- One of Mary Anne Stevens' prized possessions is a framed poem, written by her father, that tells the story of the bulding of 'The House that Jack Built' by Stevens' uncle, Horatio Nelson Jackson 'Jack' Babers. On display in the china cabinet is part of a large collection of china ordered before the Civil War by the Barrows of Afton Villa.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Mary Anne and Paul Stevens stand in the front door of their home near St. Francisville. The heavy wood door with wrought-iron hinges is original to the home, which will be featured on the Friends of the West Feliciana Parish Library Christmas in the Country Tour of Homes.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- The great room of Mary Anne and Paul Stevens' house features a large stone fireplace and a mantel hand-carved by Mary Anne Stevens' father. The room, including the vaulted ceiling, is made of pecky cypress harvested on Rosemound Plantation.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- The great room in the St. Francisville home of Mary Anne and Paul Stevens contains the owners' collections of books and art.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- What was built as a small house for Mary Anne Stevens' mother is now the guest house, which will also be on the Friends of the West Feliciana Parish Library Christmas in the Country Tour of Homes.

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Mary Anne Stevens cherishes her photo of her uncle, Horatio Nelson Jackson 'Jack' Babers, left, who built Micajah Lodge, and her father, Montrose Barrow, who carved the mantel with the inscription, 'This is the House that Jack Built.'

  • Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- A corner of the great room of the home of Mary Anne and Paul Stevens contains a picturesque grouping of lamp, books and photo.